When I'm signed in and try to downvote a question having less than 125 reputation, I get this message:

Thanks for the feedback! Votes cast by those with less than 125 reputation are recorded, but do not change the publicly displayed post score.

According to that dialog, the vote doesn't change the publicly viewable score, but its recorded somewhere.

When I'm not signed in and I try to downvote, it says this:

This action requires 125 reputation.

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It doesn't say anything about whether or not the vote is recorded.

Do votes get recorded (without changing the public score) even without being signed in?

  • They're recorded in the database, but are practically never used by anybody for any purpose. They're essentially ignored; the message is deceptive. – Jeremy Dec 22 '18 at 19:01
  • @Jean wrong. It was used at least once for something rather good and even fun: a secret hat called "Onion Knight" back in 2015. Read more here. (Search for "onion knight" if you don't want to read it all) – Shadow Wizard is Vaccinating Dec 23 '18 at 13:37