As per this question, on "Launched" sites, the privilege to see upvote/downvote counts is awarded at 1000 reputation, while casting close/reopen votes is awarded at 3000 reputation.
On Beta sites (and on graduated sites without a design), the order in which these privileges are earned is reversed. I can cast close/reopen votes at 500 reputation, but I have to wait until 750 reputation to see upvote/downvote counts.
Casting close votes is a somewhat powerful privilege, and at 500 reputation one might still not be sure what the community's policy on closing questions is. It would have helped me to be able to see how "controversial" a question is (by seeing upvote/downvote totals) before deciding whether to vote to close it.
What is the motivation behind the different order of these two privileges on Beta and Launched sites? Can it be changed so that upvote/downvote counts can be seen before earning more powerful moderation privileges such as casting close votes?