Bartow resident named state elector
by Matt Shinall
May 24, 2012 | 1483 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Come November, if Mitt Romney wins the state of Georgia in his bid for president, Cartersville resident Bob Mayzes will be called upon to cast his vote toward the state's Electoral College.

Mayzes was named an elector for the 2012 presidential election this week by the Georgia Republican Party Executive Committee. His electoral vote will actually be cast in December, after the popular vote decides which electors will vote.

"The president and vice president are elected through the Electoral College and each state has a certain number of electors based on their number of Senators and Congressmen. The state of Georgia has 16 electors," Mayzes said. "Of those 16 electors, when you go into vote in November and you make your choice of presidential candidate, if you were to choose Mitt Romney's name, you would see Mitt Romney's name and then you would see the list of electors by name and if you choose to vote for Mitt Romney then you would be voting for me and each of those other individuals. Then, in mid-December ... we would go down to the State Capitol and gather at an appointed time and cast our ballots for Mitt Romney.

"Now, if Mitt Romney doesn't win Georgia then I'll be at work that day just like any other day and Mr. Obama's electors will be down at the State Capitol casting their ballots."

Mayzes has served on various committees within the state Republican Party, including the state executive committee and has held the position of secretary for the Georgia Republican Party since 1995. He served in the United States Marine Corps out of high school and considers his political involvement an extension of his patriotic duty.

"I was always raised to serve my country and this is just one more way to serve my country -- through its political process," Mayzes said. "I have a patriotic belief in our political system and how we choose our leaders.

"I got involved when Bill Clinton got elected. I felt like if I didn't do something, why should I expect anyone else to? ... I feel everyone should get involved in politics in some way."

Georgia Republican electors are named by the Georgia Republican Party Executive Committee -- a board made of elected officials, state Republican Party office holders, civic organization representatives and other prominent party members. Mayzes said he felt honored by the vote of confidence and the recognition bestowed by his appointment.

Also representing the state this year will be State Sen. Barry Loudermilk, although his involvement will be as one of three 11th Congressional District delegates chosen to attend the National Republican Convention to choose a nominee. Loudermilk, also calling his role as a Republican Party representative an honor, spoke highly of Mayzes and the role of elector.

"The even higher honor is to be the one who actually casts the vote for the president of the United States," Loudermilk said of Mayzes' appointment. "The president is not elected by popular vote, it's done by electoral votes. That's how the Founding Fathers set it up -- that way the population centers don't always control who is the president.

"Based on the popular vote in Georgia, there will be a percentage of electors that will actually cast the vote and so he will be casting one of the votes from Georgia. ... It is an honor bestowed on very few throughout the history of this nation. It's pretty cool to have someone from Bartow County doing this."

Mayzes, a Bartow County resident since the early 1980s, remembers his first involvement in local politics. Attending his first Republican Party meeting in 1993, he describes there being less than a dozen in attendance and has seen a drastic shift in the local political landscape.

Loudermilk recalls Mayzes being a prominent figure in Bartow County and state Republican parties during a time of tremendous growth for both.

"He was kind of the backbone of the Republican Party back years ago when I first got involved, like in '95. This was back when we had one Republican and that was Jeff Lewis. We started growing the party from there and he's really been the backbone in building the party. He's always been at the state level serving in some capacity and he's just one of the stalwarts of the party," Loudermilk said. "A lot of times you see people come and go. They'll get excited, they'll be with the party for a few years and then they just kind of disappear and you don't see them for a while, but Bob does it out of principle and he's been there and he's stuck around and he's really shown a lot of leadership."