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302A.215 VOTING FOR DIRECTORS; CUMULATIVE VOTING.

Subdivision 1.Required vote.

Unless otherwise provided in the articles, directors are elected by a plurality of the voting power of the shares present and entitled to vote on the election of directors at a meeting at which a quorum is present.

Subd. 2.Cumulative voting rights.

Unless the articles provide that there shall be no cumulative voting, and except as provided in section 302A.223, subdivision 5, each shareholder entitled to vote for directors has the right to cumulate those votes in the election of directors by giving written notice of intent to cumulate those votes to any officer of the corporation before the meeting, or to the presiding officer at the meeting at which the election is to occur at any time before the election of directors at the meeting, in which case:

(a) The presiding officer at the meeting shall announce, before the election of directors, that shareholders shall cumulate their votes; and

(b) Each shareholder shall cumulate those votes either by casting for one candidate the number of votes equal to the number of directors to be elected multiplied by the number of votes represented by the shares, or by distributing all of those votes on the same principle among any number of candidates.

Subd. 3.Modifications of cumulative voting.

With respect to a corporation that is not a publicly held corporation, no amendment to the articles or bylaws that has the effect of denying, limiting, or modifying the right to cumulative voting for directors provided in this section shall be adopted if the votes of a proportion of the voting power sufficient to elect a director at an election of the entire board under cumulative voting are cast against the amendment.