"We basically don't have a voting problem that would be solved by voter ID," Wells said.
Thaxton said while he did see problems with the state's recent adoption of the federal Real ID standards for driver's licenses.
He said his grandmother had to make three trips to her local Division of Motor Vehicles office to provide all of the necessary proof-of-identity paperwork she needed to renew her driver's license.
"It's just ridiculous that we have to go through all this now," Thaxton said.
Candidates also had differing views on how to shore up the state's road fund. They recognized that the state needed more money but did not like the thought of raising taxes.
Wells said he had been working on a U.S. 60 upgrade project with fellow lawmakers. He said they were tired of hearing from highways officials that they, too, want the upgrades but just don't have the money.
He said the state must make tough decisions to find additional revenue.
"One of these days, I fear the gas tax may have to be increased," he said. "Though I'm not in favor of it, it's better than driving on potholes everywhere."
Thaxton said the state Division of Highways could save money by having state jail and prison inmates perform jobs like litter control.
"Let's get them out and working a little bit and make some use of our tax dollars," he said. "I'd rather see them out picking up trash than up (at South Central Regional Jail) sitting on the Internet, lifting weights and getting free health care that I don't even have."
He said having them work while in jail might also discourage them from breaking laws again once they get out.
Sweeney said he absolutely opposed raising any taxes to shore up the road fund.
"I'm not a big fan of throwing severance taxes and indirect taxes out on the people because it will come back to hurt you," Sweeney said.
"Those are all things that are going to hurt revenue because what business is going to want to open here when they know they're going to have to start paying that?" he said.
Holstein said the state needed a multi-faceted approach to encourage economic growth.
"I think in the short-run with the continued development of the Marcellus shale, severance taxes from those developing industries can stabilize our roads," she said.
She said the state needed to reform its tax code to make it more business-friendly. The economic growth that followed would boost state tax revenues.
"As we bring all these pieces together and improve the overall structure of the economy in the state, I don't think we would have to touch the taxes (to raise revenue), because I think these things will all balance out," she said.
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