How do I place voting buttons on the side of the text?

Hi,
I'd like to be able to place the voting buttons and results vertically to the left (or right) of the post, as in Quora.com or Reddit.com. Currently it can be placed only before or after and takes the whole width.
This is not just a theme styling challenge. There seems to be something in the plugin that takes up the whole row and prevent other elements (like the post itself) to be placed inline. as I use a bootstrap theme I've tried placing the shortcode inside a <div class="span3"> but again, It did not succeed.
Appreciate your help.