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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 October, 2004, 16:18 GMT 17:18 UK
Moore in 'noodles for votes' row
Michael Moore
Michael Moore has been highly critical of George Bush
Republicans are calling for film-maker Michael Moore to be prosecuted for offering prizes of noodles and underwear to encourage voting.

The Michigan Republican Party accuses the director of bribery on his speaking tour to encourage students to vote.

Although Moore attacked President George Bush in his documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, his speeches do not tell people what party to vote for.

But Republicans still believe he is breaking Michigan election rules.

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

Noodles

During Moore's 60-city tour of college campuses and arenas he has been getting habitual non-voters on stage to pledge they will vote in the next election.

In exchange for promising to vote they receive gifts of potato crisps and noodles, among other small items.

Moore responded to the criticisms, saying: "It's ironic that Republicans have no problem with allowing assault weapons out on our streets, yet they don't want to put clean underwear in the hands of our slacker youth."

The Michigan Republican Party has asked prosecutors to investigate, accusing Moore of violating a law which prohibits a person from contracting with another for something of value in exchange for agreeing to vote.

Moore, who was born in Michigan, has so far visited three universities in the state.

Rapper P Diddy is also doing the circuit at the moment persuading young and ethnic minority voters to turn out at the election.

His Citizen Change movement does not favour one party over another but he wants those who usually shun elections to go to the polls.


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