We need to treat low-quality Election-related content the same way we treat all low-quality content. We need to downvote it, and we need to be much more serious about that then we have been lately.
1. Downvote the crap
Take this question for example. That is straight up not a serious question.
5 people voted to close this question, but there is only one downvote, and that was from me. I don't always down vote questions I vote to close, but this did not look like a question that was asked in good faith, and if that is the conclusion that the other 5 people came to, then they should have downvoted it.
2. Don't upvote the noise
I am constantly amazed by how many upvotes I see on off-topic and un-authoritative answers. Usually these are answers that might resonate with people, and often these are well-written, long, and well-formatted answers.
Often these answers will have a small part that kinda-sorta qualifies as an answer, and then a much longer part that goes off on a tangent that is out of scope.
Even if these answers are well-written and well-though out, if they're not focused and on-topic then they're more noise than signal, and you shouldn't encourage that.
The next time you think to yourself "this answer makes some good points", Stop, and ask yourself:
- Is it focused?
- Is it On topic?
- Is it Authoritative?
- Are it's references Authoritative?
Remember, We're Q&A, not a discussion forum. Even a post that is well written and well thought out can be out of place as an answer.
3. When you downvote, politely explain why you downvoted.
Let people know what you want to discourage. When you downvote a post, let them know why. If you've downvoted a well-written post like the example in point 2, the author might not understand why you downvoted. You need to explain it to them, so they know what we're trying to discourage.