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I have first downvoted an answer. Then, I decided to leave it the way it was before, meaning to undo my downvote just like it never existed, so I upvote to remove my downvote. Suprise! SO seems to consider it as two upvotes!

Let's say I have an answer with -3, then I decide to downvote it making it -4. After deeper thoughts, I prefer to remove my downvote to let it the way it was before I downvoted, meaning -3, but SO makes it -2 automatically!

Wouldn't it be supposed -3, and not -2? If someone else would have upvoted, it would have made it an upvote +1, not a +2!

Am I missing something here?

In fact, is there a way to tell SO that I only wish to undo my downvote, and not upvote the answer? I may understand why it does behave this way. I only wish to undo my downvote, though.

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Duplicate: "Removing a downvote adds reputation that wasn’t there" at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/10984/… (by design) – Arjan Feb 27 '10 at 12:13
(As an aside: to undo a vote, click the same vote again. Clicking the other vote is not really undoing, but changing.) – Arjan Feb 27 '10 at 12:16
@Arjan - your comment isn't really an aside - it the explanation of the behaviour seen by the OP. To remove a vote click the same vote arrow again. To reverse a vote click the opposite vote arrow – ChrisF Feb 27 '10 at 12:57
@ChrisF, you're right, and I was actually wrong referring to that duplicate, which is another issue. – Arjan Feb 27 '10 at 13:33
So, the duplicates are "Cancel a vote so that the tally goes back to zero and not minus" at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/30557/… or "Is there a way to cancel upvote on answer / question?" at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/22473/…, or ... – Arjan Feb 27 '10 at 13:39

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

To undo a vote, click the same vote you clicked earlier. See the tooltips for help: click again to undo. This will change -1 or +1 into 0 (for your vote).

(Clicking the other vote is not really undoing, but changing -1 into +1, or +1 into -1).

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