This excerpt taken from the AKS DEF 14A filed Apr 17, 2008.
(Proposal 2 on the proxy card)
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors appointed Deloitte & Touche LLP, as the Companys independent registered public accountant for the current fiscal year. The Audit Committee and the Board of Directors seek to have the stockholders ratify this appointment. Representatives of Deloitte & Touche LLP, are expected to be present at the Annual Meeting and will have an opportunity to make a statement if they so desire and will respond to appropriate questions.
Although shareholder ratification is not required under the laws of the State of Delaware, the Audit Committee and the Board are submitting the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP to the Companys stockholders for ratification at the annual meeting as a matter of good corporate governance in order to provide a
means by which stockholders may communicate their opinion with respect to this matter. If the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP is not ratified by the stockholders, the Audit Committee may replace Deloitte & Touch LLP with another independent registered public accounting firm for the balance of the year or may decide to maintain its appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP, whichever it deems to be in the best interests of the Company given the circumstances at that time.