This excerpt taken from the HIW DEF 14A filed Apr 16, 2007.
To Be Held On May 18, 2007
This proxy statement is being furnished to stockholders of Highwoods Properties, Inc. in connection with the solicitation of proxies for use at our annual meeting of stockholders to be held on Friday, May 18, 2007, at 11:00 a.m., at the Marriott Crabtree Valley, 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina 27612. The purposes of the meeting are set forth in the notice of meeting. This solicitation is made on behalf of our Board of Directors.
Holders of record of shares of our common stock as of the close of business on the record date, Friday, March 9, 2007, are entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the meeting. The outstanding common stock constitutes the only class of securities entitled to vote at the meeting and each share of common stock entitles the holder to one vote. At the close of business on the record date, there were 56,726,646 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.
This proxy statement, the form of proxy and the 2006 Annual Report were mailed to stockholders commencing on or about April 13, 2007.
Proposal One, the election of directors, requires the vote of a plurality of all of the votes cast at the meeting, provided that a quorum is present. Proposal Two, the ratification of the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2007, requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast on the proposal, provided that a quorum is present. Abstentions and broker non-votes will not be counted as votes cast and will have no effect on the result of the vote on either proposal, although they will count toward the presence of a quorum.
Shares represented by proxies in the form enclosed, if such proxies are properly executed, returned and not revoked, will be voted as specified. Where no specification is made on a properly executed and returned form of proxy, the shares will be voted FOR the election of all nominees for director, FOR the proposal to ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as our independent registered public accounting firm for 2007 and FOR authorization of the proxy to vote upon such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournments. You may vote by mail, by telephone (toll-free), over the Internet or in person at the meeting.
To vote by mail, sign, date and complete the enclosed proxy card and return it in the enclosed self-addressed stamped envelope. No postage is necessary if the proxy is mailed in the United States. Instructions for voting by using a toll-free telephone number or over the Internet can be found on your proxy card. If you hold your shares through a bank, broker or other nominee, they will give you separate instructions on voting your shares.