The act of using all of one's shares to vote for the same way. Most of the time, a shareholder in a publicly-traded company has one vote per share. The shareholder can divide these votes at his/her/its discretion. For example, a shareholder may wish to vote for candidate A for the board of directors with 60% of shares and for candidate B with the remaining 40%. In straight voting, however, the shareholder may vote for candidate A with 100% of shares.