America's Republicans believe film-maker MICHAEL MOORE should be prosecuted for offering underwear and snacks to college students in exchange for their promise to vote.

The MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN PARTY has asked four county prosecutors to file charges against the FAHRENHEIT 9/11 director, insisting his get-out-the-vote tactics amount to bribery.

GREG McNEILLY, executive director of the state Republican Party, says, "We want everyone to participate in this year's election, but not because they were bribed or coerced by the likes of Michael Moore."

Moore, a Michigan native, is touring America, urging "slackers" who usually don't vote to head to the polls on 2 November (04).

During each program, habitual non-voters are invited on stage to pledge to vote. First-time student voters are offered gag prizes such as clean underwear, tortilla chips and noodles.

Republicans have asked prosecutors to charge Moore, a supporter of President George W Bush's Democratic opponent John Kerry, with violating Michigan's election law, which prohibits a person from contracting with another for something of value in exchange for agreeing to vote.

06/10/2004 08:49