[§431:4-239]  Requirements as to proxy.  (a)  The form of proxy shall:

     (1)  Indicate in boldface type whether or not the proxy is solicited on behalf of the management;

     (2)  Provide a specifically designated blank space for dating the proxy; and

     (3)  Identify clearly and impartially each matter or group of related matters intended to be acted upon, whether proposed by the management or stockholders.  No reference need be made to proposals for which discretionary authority is conferred pursuant to subsection (c).

     (b)  The proxy shall provide a means by which the person solicited may specify by ballot a choice between approval or disapproval of each matter or group of related matters referred to therein, other than elections to office.  A proxy may confer discretionary authority with respect to matters for which no choice is specified if the form of proxy states in boldface type how it is intended to vote the shares or authorization represented by the proxy in each case.

     (c)  A proxy may confer discretionary authority with respect to other matters which may come before the meeting; provided the persons on whose behalf the solicitation is made are not aware a reasonable time prior to the time the solicitation is made that any other matters are to be presented for action at the meeting and provided that a specific statement to that effect is made in the proxy statement or in the form of a proxy.

     (d)  No proxy shall confer authority to:

     (1)  Vote for the election of any person to office for which a bona fide nominee is not named in the proxy statement; or

     (2)  Vote at any annual meeting other than the next annual meeting (or any adjournment thereof) to be held after the date on which the proxy statement and form of proxy are first sent or given to stockholders.

     (e)  The proxy statement or form of proxy shall provide, subject to reasonable specified conditions, that the proxy will be voted and that where the person solicited specifies, by means of a ballot provided pursuant to subsection (b), a choice with respect to any matter to be acted upon, the vote will be in accordance with the specification so made.

     (f)  The information included in the proxy statement shall be clearly presented and the statement made shall be divided into groups according to subject matter, with appropriate headings.  All printed proxy statements shall be clearly and legibly presented. [L 2000, c 24, pt of §2]