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Fred Staples Gets Signatures Back

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PROSSER, Wash--  The debate over the county seat will continue for at least another year and a half, and that's okay with retired judge Fred Staples. 

Monday in Prosser, county commissioners debated what to do with the signatures.  The Attorney General says they're not enough to get the issue on the 2010 ballot. 

After some debate, Staples says Commissioner Claude Oliver and others agreed to hand over the petitions to Staples so he could continue collecting signatures.

"They finally agreed to give them back to me," says Staples.  "It took about until 12:30 to copy them.  They did a great job, they made copies of all them 3,188 pages.  And they gave them back to me and I brought them home.

Staples says he's wasted no time in continuing his efforts.  He tells KNDU he's already made phone calls today asking people to sign.

He's been pushing to move the county seat for over twenty years.  Staples has until next May to collect at least one-third of signatures from this year's voters.