With control of Virginia's House of Delegates hanging in the balance, Democrats and many veterans are furious that scores of military ballots have been tossed aside.

The Electoral Board in Stafford County is refusing to count the votes from troops overseas and around the country -- even though they could make a difference in the razor-close race for District 28.

Bob Thomas, the Republican who is 84 votes ahead of Democrat Joshua Cole, says the ballots arrived at the Electoral Board on Wednesday, the day after Election Day.

But House Democratic leaders say the county registrar simply failed to pick up the ballots from the post office box, where they had arrived on Tuesday.

Thomas says the Electoral Board has two Democrats and one Republican member, and he respects its decision.

But Cole says that especially on Veterans Day, its simply wrong to deny troops the right to vote that many of them are overseas to protect.