One of the basic principles of our voting system, like all good democracies, is that you get to do it anonymously. The AEC, or state equivalent, knows you were there and that you took the ballot papers, but that’s all. Which is how it should be. Anything else would be nightmarishly dystopian. It’s kind of important to be able to express your political views in that fashion without fear of someone who can persecute you finding out your preferences. I know the Seppos have voting machines, but they’re not widespread and seem to be plagued with issues.
The ballot paper is an excellent way to record a vote. It’s unhackable and untraceable and they can always be counted again if need be. I’ve scrutineered in a few elections. It’s an amazing process to be part of and it has really helped me gain respect for (some) of the political processes we have.
Or maybe that electronic voting actually is easily rigged and difficult to prove otherwise because, the ones I’ve read about - the various US ones - seem to be very poorly designed. I’m very glad we don’t have their system.
The AEC doesn’t lose votes very often and at least you know about it when they do because there are so many checks and balances. It’s a brilliantly transparent process because there are so many eyes on the ballot papers at the point of counting. Because the numbers are known straight away and recounts are easy to instigate, it’s not really possible to “disappear” votes. We’re very lucky here. For all the crappy things about our political system, there is much that is great about it too.