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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Every four years, it's the Electoral College, not the popular vote, decides who becomes the next president of the United States.

Each state gets the number of electoral votes equal to the members of Congress they have. In Iowa, that number is six.

All four candidates this year, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein all have six electoral voters in Iowa--only the voters for the candidate who wins the popular vote in Iowa will get a chance to cast their vote.

Jim Whitmer is one of the electoral voters this year for Trump.

"After the election, on December 19th, the electors vote in Des Moines. If Hillary should win in Iowa, than I don't do anything. If Trump wins Iowa, than I and the other five electors will go to Des Moines and we will cast our electoral vote," Whitmer said.

It's the first time Whitmer will cast an electoral vote, and it's a responsibility he's not taking lightly.

"It's an awesome responsibility, it really is, because there's something like 300 million people in this country, and 538 people elect the President of the United States. And it is an awesome responsibility, and I'm absolutely honored to be able to do it," he said.

While each elector is pledged to a certain candidate, they aren't required to cast their vote for them.  Whitmer says he's sticking with Trump, despite the recent bad press.

"I'm a Trump supporter because he's the nominee. I did not support him in the Iowa Caucasus's. I voted for Cruz, I really liked Huckabee. But he got it and I'll respect him because he's the nominee," he said.

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