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Today I voted up the wrong answer. I noticed that there's no way to undo your votes. When you have voted an answer you are forced to vote it, even if you don't want to. I immediately noticed the error and I could just change my vote to up or down, not delete my vote. It makes no sense at all, imho. Since you are able to change your vote within 5 minutes, you should also be able to remove your vote entirely. I can't believe no one noticed that before...

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Actually, you can. For a bad upvote, just click "upvote" again. – Pops Jan 18 '11 at 15:49
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Sorry to everyone for this non-sense question. – Shoe Jan 18 '11 at 15:52
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It's cool. It was useful, to be honest; it made me realize that the voting FAQ page doesn't include this information. Working on fixing that now.... – Pops Jan 18 '11 at 15:53
    
@Thomas Don't worry about it, just accept an answer once you can (you don't need to edit the question to include the answer) – Michael Mrozek Jan 18 '11 at 16:00
    
possible duplicate of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/30557/… (not actually voting to close only because I'm out of votes for the day) – Pops Jan 18 '11 at 16:02
    
Now also a dupe of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5212/…, the newly updated FAQ page on voting – Pops Jan 18 '11 at 16:11
    
That's not fair! :P – Shoe Jan 18 '11 at 16:16
    
@PopularDemand: the FAQ doesn't have this info, but the tooltip does, and did, so... – Jürgen A. Erhard Jan 18 '11 at 16:58
up vote 9 down vote accepted
  • Click on the upvote icon (the up arrow) to upvote.

  • Click again to undo your upvote.

  • Click on the number to display the upvote and downvote counts, instead of just the total score. (Note that you must be an established user to do this.)

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That so many people aren't aware of this suggests that it needs a UI improvement. – endolith Aug 17 '14 at 0:24

You can cancel it: click on the vote you've cast again, i.e. click on the up arrow again to cancel an upvote.

As you've noticed with up / down you can only do this for five minutes. I did exactly the same as you and ended up downvoting to cancel at first. At least I got the critic badge out of it :-)

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Omg, sorry, i didn't noticed that. I feel so stupid. – Shoe Jan 18 '11 at 15:50
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I have been trying to figure this out for so long. When I hover over the arrow it says (click again to undo) but that just locks in my vote. It doesn't say anything about "within the first 5 minutes". Maybe after 5 minutes, those notes should change and say "THIS WILL LOCK IN YOUR VOTE!" – styfle Apr 16 '12 at 2:05

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