Currently you are not able to vote on a question you flagged. This is by-design. Anna Lear explains in that link that this is because it would give you two close votes for the question.

I cannot see how that can be. Can someone explain in what sense flagging and then voting would be double voting?

Flagging raises awareness; to my knowledge it does not influence the voting process on the question. In effect it is a polite systematised alternative to posting on Meta or asking for close votes in chat. No one would think that raising a Meta question about whether a question should be closed would give you two votes, so I don't see how flagging could be considered double voting either.

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The power of a flag is bringing attention to the post, either moderators or 3k users in review.

It's not a trivial power. 10 wrong flags are a serious waste of time, for example.

So this, in my opinion, is reason enough to limit this power to one usage per post. You get one "Summon Higher Power" ticket.

Now as for voting to close, it's effectively the same as flagging just with the addition of an actual close vote added, 1 out of 5 required to actually close. But it also place the question in the Close Review, where other 3k users will have to review it. If you already used a flag to bring such attention, allowing you to vote would give a second ticket.

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    So you're saying it's not double voting, it's double awareness raising? Jul 9, 2014 at 13:22
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    Yes, that is true, @curiousdannii. Jul 9, 2014 at 13:23
  • If the alternative is going to Meta then that's surely going to waste more of everyone's time. It doesn't make sense to me, but if this is how it is then this is how it is. Jul 9, 2014 at 13:23
  • @curiousdannii not really, you can always cast a flag of type "other" and ask to close if you really think it should be closed. As far as I know, "other" flags are not limited. Jul 9, 2014 at 13:24
  • (And I do know how to flag properly. On my biggest site my helpful flagging rate is 94%.) Jul 9, 2014 at 13:24
  • if you raise an "other" flag you'll definitely be taking a mod's time. If we were able to vote on questions we've flagged it will just add it to the queue again. The question might even still be in the queue! Jul 9, 2014 at 13:26
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    @curiousdannii of course, I'm not against removing the restriction just explaining the motive for putting it in place, as I understand it. Jul 9, 2014 at 13:29

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