This excerpt taken from the EQR 10-K filed Mar 14, 2005.
SECTION 8.1 Meetings of Shareholders. There shall be an annual meeting of the Shareholders, to be held on proper notice, at such time (after delivery of the annual report) and convenient location as shall be determined by or in the manner prescribed in the Bylaws, at which Trustees shall be elected and any other proper business may be conducted. Except as otherwise provided in this Declaration of Trust, special meetings of Shareholders may be called in the manner provided in the Bylaws. If there are no Trustees, the President or any other officer of the Trust shall promptly call a special meeting of the Shareholders entitled to vote for the election of successor Trustees. Any meeting may be adjourned and reconvened as the Trustees determine or as provided in the Bylaws.
SECTION 8.2 Voting Rights of Shareholders. Subject to the provisions of any class or series of Shares then outstanding, the Shareholders shall be entitled to vote only on the following matters: (a) the election or removal of Trustees; (b) the amendment of this Declaration of Trust; (c) the voluntary dissolution or termination of the Trust; (d) the merger of the Trust, provided, however, that the Shareholders shall not be entitled to vote on a merger of the Trust which may be approved pursuant to the provisions of Title 8 by a majority of the entire Board of Trustees without a vote of the Shareholders and, further provided, that if a shareholder vote is required pursuant to the provisions of Title 8, such merger shall be approved by the affirmative vote of the holders of not less than a majority of all the Shares then outstanding and entitled to vote thereon, (e) the sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the Trust Property, provided, however, that the sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the Trust Property shall be approved by the affirmative vote of the holders of not less than a majority of all the Shares then outstanding and entitled to vote thereon, and (f) such other matters with respect to which the Board of Trustees has adopted a resolution declaring advisable or recommending a proposal and directing that the matter be submitted to the Shareholders for consideration. Except with respect to the foregoing matters, no action taken by the Shareholders at any meeting shall in any way bind the Trustees.
SECTION 8.3 Board Approval. The submission of any action to the Shareholders for their consideration shall first be approved by the Board of Trustees.