Recently I casted a Close vote on this post How to disable sort in DataGridView? as a dupe of this post Best way to disable the column header sorting in DataGridView.

Later the moderator Cody Gray closed the other one as a dupe of this post.

If it's confusing, let me explain.

I casted a Close vote on A as dupe of B. Then a mod closed B as a dupe of A.

Now I can't retract my close vote.

I tried it after the mod closed the question.

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But the close vote count changed from 1 to 0. Also The retract button is not there.

I checked it today and saw the same message. I can't retract my Close Vote.

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Since the working of Close is same for all SE sites, I don't think this is an issue pertains only to Stack Overflow.

marked as duplicate by gnat, PolyGeo, Nathan Tuggy, Ward - Reinstate Monica, αλεχολυτ Aug 25 '17 at 20:37

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

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    Since there is no "(x)" behind "close", there is nothing to retract. There aren't any open close votes anymore. – Tom Aug 24 '17 at 13:08
  • @Tom yes but the dialog shows you have voted to close... – Optimus Prime Aug 24 '17 at 13:11
  • Looks like the original question was left opened (thus no more vote count), and you can't vote to close the same question (aka Why can't I vote to close a question I've already voted to close?) – Meta Andrew T. Aug 24 '17 at 13:27
  • may it is the reason Elias but I am not sure what happened. Can mod's forcefully age away a cv? – Optimus Prime Aug 24 '17 at 13:33
  • "yes but the dialog shows you have voted to close..." - and that is correct, you already voted, so you can't vote again. – Tom Aug 24 '17 at 14:14
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    @i-- forgot to ask in chat, when exactly did you cast the close vote, and when exactly did you try to retract it? Close votes age away. After aging away, you can't retract it since there is no vote anymore. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Aug 24 '17 at 14:58
  • @Sha check the first image. it shows you voted to close 2 mins ago. I tried to retract within 3 minutes – Optimus Prime Aug 24 '17 at 14:59
  • So you took the screenshot 6 days ago and kept it? Wasn't sure about that. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Aug 24 '17 at 15:00
  • yes. First I think I should raise it in the same day. But then I think it may be status by design. But today, in chat you & Glorfindel confirmed CV can be retracted. So I asked it – Optimus Prime Aug 24 '17 at 15:01

There is no vote to retract. When a question gets closed as a duplicate, the system looks up any duplicate votes on that question pointing back to the now-closed one and immediately clears them. This is done to prevent duplicate circles where two questions are both closed as duplicates of each other. Since the other question being closed as a duplicate of that question is no longer valid, the close vote should no longer exist. Since it's already been cleared, you can't retract it.

The close dialog still tells you when you cast your close vote because you can only vote to close a question once. This is the standard behavior any time you've voted to close a question before and you're no longer eligible to cast another close vote on it (such as if the question had been closed and then reopened again).

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