Today I voted up the wrong answer. I noticed that there's no way to undo your votes. When you have voted an answer you are forced to vote it, even if you don't want to. I immediately noticed the error and I could just change my vote to up or down, not delete my vote. It makes no sense at all, imho. Since you are able to change your vote within 5 minutes, you should also be able to remove your vote entirely. I can't believe no one noticed that before...

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    Actually, you can. For a bad upvote, just click "upvote" again.
    – Pops
    Jan 18, 2011 at 15:49
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    Sorry to everyone for this non-sense question.
    – Shoe
    Jan 18, 2011 at 15:52
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    It's cool. It was useful, to be honest; it made me realize that the voting FAQ page doesn't include this information. Working on fixing that now....
    – Pops
    Jan 18, 2011 at 15:53
  • @Thomas Don't worry about it, just accept an answer once you can (you don't need to edit the question to include the answer) Jan 18, 2011 at 16:00
  • possible duplicate of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/30557/… (not actually voting to close only because I'm out of votes for the day)
    – Pops
    Jan 18, 2011 at 16:02
  • Now also a dupe of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5212/…, the newly updated FAQ page on voting
    – Pops
    Jan 18, 2011 at 16:11
  • That's not fair! :P
    – Shoe
    Jan 18, 2011 at 16:16
  • @PopularDemand: the FAQ doesn't have this info, but the tooltip does, and did, so... Jan 18, 2011 at 16:58

2 Answers 2

  • Click on the upvote icon (the up arrow) to upvote.

  • Click again to undo your upvote.

  • Click on the number to display the upvote and downvote counts, instead of just the total score. (Note that you must be an established user to do this.)

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    That so many people aren't aware of this suggests that it needs a UI improvement.
    – endolith
    Aug 17, 2014 at 0:24

You can cancel it: click on the vote you've cast again, i.e. click on the up arrow again to cancel an upvote.

As you've noticed with up / down you can only do this for five minutes. I did exactly the same as you and ended up downvoting to cancel at first. At least I got the critic badge out of it :-)

  • Omg, sorry, i didn't noticed that. I feel so stupid.
    – Shoe
    Jan 18, 2011 at 15:50
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    I have been trying to figure this out for so long. When I hover over the arrow it says (click again to undo) but that just locks in my vote. It doesn't say anything about "within the first 5 minutes". Maybe after 5 minutes, those notes should change and say "THIS WILL LOCK IN YOUR VOTE!"
    – styfle
    Apr 16, 2012 at 2:05

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