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In the FAQ it says:

1000 Show total up and down vote counts

I'm not sure why you need 1000 rep to do this.

It's possible to find this information out via the API (and the data dumps) so it's only a matter of time before someone creates a Greasemonkey script to show this data.

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Meanwhile there indeed is an app to circumvent this 1k rep restriction via the API, see the VoteCount bookmarklet. PS: Your 'via the API' link is broken (or rather has been broken by publishing the API Version 0.9, Release Candidate ;) – Steffen Opel Jun 30 '10 at 14:25
up vote 5 down vote accepted

This information is available in the data dump and through the API, but in a sense it's still far less "available" than being able to see the information on every post at any time. I believe there was a performance argument for not allowing this function below a certain rep threshold (maybe Jeff can give us some numbers on that).

As Jeff said here, he thinks this should be an ability you earn (I can see both sides to that).

I think it would be most useful in the form of the feature-request to allow < 1000-rep users to view the voting split on their own posts. That would satisfy this request in a meaningful and useful way, while not negatively affecting database performance too much.

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The total numbers of upvotes and downvotes aren't listed in the schema, but you can see details of individual votes. – Gelatin Jun 3 '10 at 23:24
@Simon: You're right, my bad. I have updated my answer. – Jon Seigel Jun 4 '10 at 0:07

We had to have something special for those who reach 1K rep.

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