This excerpt taken from the VZ DEF 14A filed Mar 17, 2008.
Proxy Solicited by Board of Directors of Verizon Communications Inc. for the Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Thursday, May 1, 2008, 10:30 a.m.
Your signature on the reverse side of this card appoints I.G. Seidenberg and M. Drost, as proxies, with the powers you would have if you were personally present at the meeting. This includes full power of substitution to vote all the shares of Verizon common stock that you hold of record upon all subjects that may properly come before the meeting, including the matters described in the Proxy Statement, subject to any directions indicated on the reverse side of this card. If you do not indicate how your shares are to be voted, the proxies will vote for the election of the nominees for Director: Richard L. Carrión, M. Frances Keeth, Robert W. Lane, Sandra O. Moose, Joseph Neubauer, Donald T. Nicolaisen, Thomas H. OBrien, Clarence Otis, Jr., Hugh B. Price, Ivan G. Seidenberg, John W. Snow and John R. Stafford; and in accordance with the Directors recommendations on the other matters listed on the reverse side of this card; and at their discretion on any other matter that may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment of the meeting.
This card also provides your instructions for voting any shares that you may hold in the Verizon Communications Direct Invest Plan. Also, if you own shares in any Verizon savings plan in the same name as shown on this card, this card provides instructions to the savings plan trustee for voting those shares. To allow sufficient time for the savings plan trustees to tabulate the vote of the savings plan shares, you must vote by telephone or online or return this proxy in the enclosed envelope so that it is received by April 28, 2008.
If you do not properly sign and return a proxy, vote by telephone or online or attend the meeting and vote by ballot, your shares cannot be voted. Unless the Verizon savings plan trustees receive your voting instructions by April 28, 2008, your shares in any of the Verizon employee savings plans will be voted as described in the Proxy Statement.
If you are voting by mail, please sign the reverse side and return this proxy in the enclosed envelope. Please sign exactly as the name(s) appear on this proxy. If stock is held jointly, each holder should sign. If you are signing as an attorney, trustee, executor, administrator, custodian, guardian or corporate officer, please give your full title. If you vote by telephone or online, please do not mail your card.