At its open meeting on Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission decided to continue allowing companies to bar shareholders from nominating directors on company ballots, although investors may continue to nominate directors or seek to change company bylaws by waging costly proxy campaigns on their own.

The three Republican commissioners voted in favor of the proposal, and the lone Democrat, Annette Nazareth, voted against it.

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