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Article Title

UNIVERSAL PROXIES

Abstract

Contested director elections are a central feature of the corporate landscape and underlie shareholder activism. Rules governing proxy voting by shareholders prevent shareholders from "mixing and matching" among nominees from the two sides of contests. This Article's analysis shows that these proxy voting rules can lead to distorted proxy contest outcomes: different directors being elected than if shareholders had been able to vote how they wished. These distortions are likely to have significant consequences for the affected companies and ex ante consequences for many more companies.

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