I've noticed that many questions about the 2020 US elections are attracting many downvotes and sometimes close votes, and I'm not the only person who has noticed as the meta question New poster - getting downvotes but not sure why shows.
Some examples posed by me are Do the 2020 votes for Trump and Biden add up to more than the total number of votes made? and Is there less than a one in a quadrillion chance of Biden winning states where Trump held the early lead? but I've seen similar patterns in claims by others such as Did a “Drop and Roll” phenomena expose that the 2020 election was stolen?. There are some badly posed questions on this topic with clear partizan intent and I expect those to attract close and down-votes. But neutrally posed questions should be fine here and an opportunity to record clear, definitive refutations of some of the wild claims.
Indeed many of the specific questions address public claims that are wild or extraordinarily implausible. But they are public and widespread claims that are precisely the kind of questions skeptics.SE should be addressing.
My assumption is that the right way to approach votes on questions is whether the question is well-posed. If you disagree with the claim being made the right way is to answer the claim with evidence or vote on the answers not to downvote the question. Sure, if the question is badly posed, it deserves a downvote, but surely if it accurately reports a common claim–even of the insane sort that seem to have plagued social media during this election–that doesn't make it a bad question; it just makes it a question deserving a strong, clear refutation in an answer. The 'drop and roll' question referenced above seems to me a reasonable question (the claim is ridiculous, but there is nothing wrong with the way the question about it is posed) but has a current score of -8 (4 up 12 down). It also has a very good answer solidly rebutting the claim.
Have I misunderstood the expected standards and purposes of voting on questions? If I haven't, is there some benefit in reminding people of why you should downvote questions? I am worried that we will lose the opportunity to record solid refutations of some of the more insane claims being made in public about this election.