You think if they destroyed the physical votes they wouldn't count anymore?
We might not but they would. And considering how long it's took them to count the things in the first place you wouldn't want to be losing them.
I think the fact though we are still discussing how newsworthy this story was a few days on means the call to air not even a newsflash on BBC1 and ITV during primetime on Wednesday was wrong. Some people clearly disagree with the view it warranted two hours of live primetime coverage which is fine, but I think news needs to be above the narrowminded view that if it doesn't directly affect Brits it isn't newsworthy - and sometimes people literally need these stories put in front of them.
Beslan for example is a story which I think in theory many of us would agree wouldn't warrant live news coverage, but for those of us who watched it unfold that day it's arguably one of the most memorable pieces of television of the mid-noughties.
Personally if it was me in charge at BBC; there should have been a short newsflash at 8PM whilst the story about the carnage at the Capitol was still live and then at 9PM another update or maybe taking The Katty/Christian hour instead of that show about the immune system which was a repeat.
ITV could have easily (from a schedule POV) slipped an newsflash into one of the primetime AD breaks