State Roundup, October 24, 2016

VOTING SYSTEMS CALLED SECURE: Danielle Gaines and Sylvia Carignan of the Frederick News-Post report that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called the election process “rigged,” but Frederick County and Maryland officials assure voters the state’s new balloting system is secure. “Simply put, Maryland’s election systems are secure, have built-in redundancies, and have been subject to security testing,” the state board posted in the “Rumor Control” portion of its website.

HOGAN CALLS CONCERNS ‘STUPID:’ Republican Gov. Larry Hogan defended his executive order mandating Maryland schools start after Labor Day, characterizing objections as “silly, trivial, stupid” concerns that had already been addressed by a state task force, reports Erin Cox in the Sun.