I just voted mistakenly up-voted an answer, then tried to cancel it by clicking on the down arrow. Of course, that changed my a down vote, which wasn't I wanted even less. So I changed it back to an up vote, which is no big deal. I'm wondering, however, if there's a way to just cancel the vote entirely.

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    $\begingroup$ You click on the arrow again, as is suggested by the mouseover text which says > This question shows research effort; it is useful and clear (click again to undo) $\endgroup$ – user296602 Feb 6 '18 at 21:28
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, but on my Mac the parenthetical text is not shown. $\endgroup$ – saulspatz Feb 6 '18 at 21:33
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    $\begingroup$ It's somewhat unintuitive that upvoting is a toggle. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Feb 7 '18 at 0:26
  • $\begingroup$ The mouse-over text reads "this question shows research effort; it is useful and clear" to me, and has no parenthetical comment about clicking again to undo. I'm on a Windows laptop in Chrome. $\endgroup$ – Stella Biderman Feb 9 '18 at 15:41
  • $\begingroup$ @StellaBiderman is this also like this on posts that you actually voted on? The parenthetical only appears on such posts. $\endgroup$ – quid Aug 27 '18 at 22:31
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    $\begingroup$ @quid No, it appears not. When I have actually voted on a question I see the parenthetical. I hadn't realized that a difference existed. $\endgroup$ – Stella Biderman Aug 28 '18 at 13:07

Once you vote on a question or answer you have 5 minutes to undo or change your vote. You can undo an upvote by clicking on the upvote arrow again and likewise with downvotes. After 5 minutes your vote is locked and you can neither undo nor change your vote. However, any edit done to the post removes this lock and you can then undo or change your vote. If you vote again, either by undoing and redoing or by changing your vote, a new 5 minute window starts.

  • $\begingroup$ Sometimes a question get an answer, but not a full one. Hoping to get a full answer, I sometimes like to upvote the partial answer. Later it turns out it is, for whatever reason, the best answer there is, good enough to be accepted but not good enough for an additional upvote. What to do? $\endgroup$ – Gyro Gearloose Sep 20 '20 at 14:08

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