This excerpt taken from the ALL DEF 14A filed Apr 2, 2008.
Stockholder Proposals for Year 2009 Annual Meeting
Proposals which stockholders intend to be included in Allstate's proxy material for presentation at the 2009 annual meeting of stockholders must be received by the Office of the Secretary, The Allstate Corporation, 2775 Sanders Road, Suite A3, Northbrook, Illinois 60062-6127 by December 3, 2008, and must otherwise comply with rules promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to be eligible for inclusion in the proxy material for the 2009 annual meeting.
If a stockholder desires to bring a matter before the meeting which is not the subject of a proposal meeting the SEC proxy rule requirements for inclusion in the proxy statement, the stockholder must follow procedures outlined in Allstate's bylaws in order to personally present the proposal at the meeting. A copy of these procedures is available upon request from the Office of the Secretary or can be accessed on Allstate's website, allstate.com. One of the procedural requirements in the bylaws is timely notice in writing of the business the stockholder proposes to bring before the meeting. Notice of business proposed to be brought before the 2009 annual meeting must be received by the Office of the Secretary no earlier than January 20, 2009 and no later than February 19, 2009. Among other things described fully in the bylaws, the notice must describe the business proposed to be brought before the meeting, the
reasons for conducting the business at the meeting and any material interest of the stockholder in the business. It should be noted that these bylaw procedures govern proper submission of business to be put before a stockholder vote at the annual meeting.