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You should be able to vote to reopen a question before it is actually closed.
How about a “Vote not to close” option to counter the “Vote to close”?

I find it strange that one has to wait for a question to get close before one can vote to reopen it. It should be possible to vote against closing a question, and for reopening it after it has gotten closed.

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marked as duplicate by jjnguy, ChrisF, jzd, codingbadger, Adam Davis Jun 14 '11 at 12:31

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

    
    

EDIT: Or, maybe I missed the point entirely.

There is. It's an option for moderators and members with 3k+ rep. See Privileges.

If you have had a question closed and wish for it to be re-opened, edit the content to make it more relevant (if possible) then flag the question for moderator attention and request re-opening.

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David's question is about a question that has close votes. You can't case a reopen vote until the question is closed. So he is asking why that is. (At least that is how I read his question). – jzd Jun 14 '11 at 12:18
    
@jzd, it seems, after re-reading the question, you're right and I missed the point. – tombull89 Jun 14 '11 at 12:19

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