This excerpt taken from the TSYS DEF 14A filed Apr 30, 2009.
When are Stockholder Proposals and Nominations for the Election of Directors for the 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders Due?
The Company provides all stockholders with the opportunity, under certain circumstances and consistent with the Bylaws and the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to participate in the governance of the Company by submitting proposals that they believe merit consideration and nominations for the election of directors at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held in 2010. To enable management adequately to analyze and respond to proposals stockholders wish to have included in the Proxy Statement and proxy card for that meeting, SEC Rule 14a-8 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), requires that any such proposal be received by the Company in writing no later
than January 4, 2010. Any stockholder proposal or director nomination must also be in compliance with the Bylaws. Pursuant to the Bylaws, any stockholder proposal or director nomination for that meeting that is submitted outside the processes of Rule 14a-8 will be considered untimely if it is received by the Company earlier than January 4, 2010 or later than February 3, 2010.
Proxies solicited by the Board of Directors for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held in 2010 may confer discretionary authority to vote on any untimely stockholder proposals or director nominations without express direction from stockholders giving such proxies. All stockholder proposals and director nominations must be addressed to the attention of the Secretary at 275 West Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. The Chairman of the Annual Meeting may refuse to acknowledge the introduction of any stockholder proposal or director nomination not made in compliance with the Bylaws or the foregoing procedures.