This excerpt taken from the ALXA DEF 14A filed Jul 27, 2009.
Who can vote at the special meeting?
Only stockholders of record at the close of business on July 20, 2009 will be entitled to vote at the special meeting. On this record date, there were 33,240,566 shares of common stock outstanding and entitled to vote.
Stockholder of Record: Shares Registered in Your Name
If on July 20, 2009 your shares were registered directly in your name with our transfer agent, BNY Mellon Shareowner Services, then you are a stockholder of record. As a stockholder of record, you may vote in person at the meeting or vote by proxy. Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, we urge you to vote, by signing and returning the enclosed proxy card, or via the Internet or the telephone, as promptly as possible to ensure your vote is counted.
Beneficial Owner: Shares Registered in the Name of a Broker or Bank
If on July 20, 2009 your shares were held, not in your name, but rather in an account at a brokerage firm, bank, dealer or other similar organization, then you are the beneficial owner of shares held in street name and these proxy materials are being forwarded to you by that organization. The organization holding your account is considered to be the stockholder of record for purposes of voting at the special meeting. As a beneficial owner, you have the right to direct your broker or other agent regarding how to vote the shares in your account. You are also invited to attend the special meeting. However, since you are not the stockholder of record, you may not vote your shares in person at the meeting unless you request and obtain a valid proxy from your broker or other agent.