DULUTH, MN -- While nearly every ballot has been cast and counted, the electoral college still needs to vote in this year's presidential election.
The Minnesota DFL has 10 presidential electors, and Joel Heller is one of them.
"It's a chance for me to say, 'Hey,' to the people of the 8th District, 'I'm taking it serious, and I'm going to go there and cast my vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris because the state of Minnesota voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris'," Heller said.
Heller, a veteran from Duluth's hillside neighborhood, has been involved with the Minnesota DFL since he was 16.
He considers being chosen as an elector for the 8th Congressional District as his most meaningful work yet.
"To cast an electoral college [vote] for the state of Minnesota is the most important political thing I've ever done," Heller said.
Despite calls to abolish the electoral college, Heller said it is what pushes politicians to pay attention to the smaller states.
"By having the electoral college the way it is right now, states like Minnesota, we get to play a part in electing the President of the United States," he said. "So these presidential candidates have to come to Minnesota to try to win over our votes."
Heller does not know how the logistics of ballot casting will happen this year with the pandemic. Normally, they would go to St. Paul to vote.
He is just grateful to serve the people in the 8th District and those closer to home.
"I have a 13-year-old son," Heller said. "I want to do my bit just to make the world a little bit better for him."
While the Electoral College electors will vote in December, official results are sent to the newly-elected Congress, which will announce the results on January 6th.
10 DFLers are going to cast their Electoral College vote because Joe Biden, a Democrat, won the state.
Had President Trump won the state, 10 Republicans would have gone to cast the vote.