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FiveThirtyEight Debate Club: Do We Even Need Political Conventions Anymore?

It’s time for a very appropriate episode of FiveThirtyEight Debate Club!

Since we’ll be live blogging the Democratic and Republican National Conventions this week and next, we thought it would be a good idea to ask … why? In this episode, we argue about whether parties should even have political conventions. Before you watch the video, take a guess as to which side our politics editor, Sarah Frostenson, is on.

Whose side are you on? Be sure to weigh in on YouTube or Twitter. And while you’re there, let us know what you’d like us to debate in the next episode.

Tony Chow is a video producer for FiveThirtyEight.

Meena Ganesan is FiveThirtyEight’s social editor.

Geoffrey Skelley is an elections analyst at FiveThirtyEight.

Emily Scherer is FiveThirtyEight’s designer.

Kaleigh Rogers is a FiveThirtyEight reporter covering science, politics and technology.

Sarah Frostenson is FiveThirtyEight’s politics editor.