This excerpt taken from the SO DEF 14A filed Apr 13, 2009.
PROXY SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ESP TRUSTEE
If a stockholder of record, the undersigned hereby appoints D. M. Ratcliffe, W. P. Bowers, and G. E. Holland, Jr., or any of them, Proxies, with full power of substitution in each, to vote all shares the undersigned is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of The Southern Company, to be held at The Lodge Conference Center at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, on May 27, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., ET, and any adjournments thereof, on all matters properly coming before the meeting, including, without limitation, the items listed on the reverse side of this form.
If a beneficial owner holding shares through the Employee Savings Plan (ESP), the undersigned directs the Trustee of the ESP to vote all shares the undersigned is entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, and any adjournments thereof, on all matters properly coming before the meeting, including, without limitation, the items listed on the reverse side of this form.
This Form of Proxy or Trustee Voting Instruction Form is solicited jointly by the Board of Directors of The Southern Company and the Trustee of the ESP pursuant to a separate Notice of Annual Meeting and Proxy Statement. If not voted electronically, this form should be mailed in the enclosed envelope to the Company's proxy tabulator at 51 Mercedes Way, Edgewood, NY 11717. The deadline for receipt of Trustee Voting Instruction Forms for the ESP is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 25, 2009. The deadline for receipt of shares of record voted through the Form of Proxy is 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. The deadline for receipt of instructions provided electronically is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2009.
The proxy tabulator will report separately to the Proxies named above and to the Trustee as to proxies received and voting instructions provided, respectively.
THIS FORM OF PROXY OR TRUSTEE VOTING INSTRUCTION FORM WILL BE VOTED AS SPECIFIED
BY THE UNDERSIGNED. IF NO CHOICE IS INDICATED, THE SHARES WILL BE VOTED AS THE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS.
Continued and to be voted and signed on reverse side.