Perhaps this is purely theoretical but I've wondered how voting on stock acquired through a short sale works. As an example, suppose that XYZ Corp has 5 shares outstanding. One each is owned by A, B, C, D, and E who hold the stock in street name through a common broker. Person F comes along and borrows one share of the stock from the broker and sells it to G. So the books are in balance, but now it's time for voting for the annual meeting. A, B, C, D, E, and G each expect to cast their vote. But since there are only 5 shares outstanding, one of them can't vote. How do they each get to cast their vote?