Determination of Location
Shareholder meetings for Delaware corporations can be held inside or outside of the state, according to Title 8, Chapter 1 of Delaware's corporation laws. The location can be designated in the articles of incorporation or corporate bylaws. If there is no such designation, the board of directors determines the location of the meetings. If the board of directors is free to determine the location of the meeting, it has the power to opt for a "remote meeting" rather than a meeting at a physical location.
Election of Board of Directors
The main purpose of the annual shareholders meeting is to elect the board of directors, although other business may be brought before the shareholders. In most states, including Delaware, an annual meeting is mandatory. The election must be conducted by written ballot, although this can include e-mail transmission of ballots if the meeting is held remotely.
Failure to Meet
Even if the annual meeting is not held, or too few directors are elected to conduct business, the corporation remains intact and is allowed to perform "valid corporate acts." In fact, directors can be elected by written consent of shareholders, even if there is no meeting at all. However, if 13 months elapse from the date of the previous shareholder meeting, the Delaware Court of Chancery, which regulates business in the state, can order the annual meeting to be held at the request of a single shareholder or board director. The court also can issue orders specifying the time and place for the meeting, as well as the type of notice that shareholders are to receive.
In order to receive notice of the annual meeting, you must be confirmed as a shareholder as of the record date for voting eligibility, a date adopted by the board of directors. The record date must fall within 10 to 60 days before the meeting. If you are a shareholder as of the record date, you are eligible to vote at the meeting.