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Dual-Class Shares

Voting shares in a company with disproportionate voting rights, as opposed to a single class of stock in which one share equals one vote. For example, Class A may have five votes per share, while Class B has one vote. Usually, company founders use unequal voting classes to keep control of the company. Shares issued under a stock plan have the lower number of votes. Very few publicly traded companies in the US have this type of voting structure.

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