Tina Barton, Senior Elections Expert, The Elections Group

Tina Barton is a Senior Election Expert with The Elections Group. She joined The Elections Group with over 32 years of government experience, serving at the federal, county, and local levels. The last 17 years of her career have been focused on election administration. She holds a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership and a Bachelor of Business Administration. 

Before joining The Elections Group, Tina was the Senior Program Advisor to the Executive Director at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. In this role, she hired and oversaw the first-ever Clearinghouse Division team of Senior Election Subject Matter Experts. Over the last year, their division produced nearly 30 resources providing best practices on topics like Chain of Custody and checklists related to the Personal Security of Election Officials.

As the City Clerk of Rochester Hills, Tina was appointed by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to the Election Security Commission.  The United States Conference of Mayors appointed her to the EAC Board of Advisors.  Ms. Barton’s office received a 2018 Clearie Award from the EAC for Election Innovation. That same year, Rochester Hills was the first city in Michigan to conduct a Risk Limiting Audit pilot. In 2017, Leadership Oakland selected Tina as the 2017 Leader of Leaders in Public Service. Tina was also the MAMC 2016 City Clerk of the Year. 

She is a member of the Women Officials’ Network and Women of Tomorrow. Tina is a Board Member for Crossroads for Youth and Leadership Oakland and a Women of Tomorrow mentor in the Detroit Public Schools. 

Tina has been married to her husband Mark for 32 years. She is the proud mom of Taylor and Michaela and a doting Grammy to Carter. She has two spoiled large and loud fur babies.

Why Tina joined CSSE:

“The 2020 election cycle brought many challenges for election officials, but the most shocking for me were the death threats, verbal assaults, intimidation, and scare tactics. Election officials found themselves in scary situations, having conversations with their families and law enforcement that they never expected to have. They were securing their homes, packing go bags, and moving their families from one location to another. I am one of the election officials that had my life and the lives of my family members threatened. It’s been nearly two years. The rhetoric has not stopped. The threats have not ceased. I have joined CSSE because the safety and security of our elections and our election officials is critical to the future of this great nation as we know it.”

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    “Election officials are the heroes of our democracy, working harder than almost anyone I know to ensure that every one of us can exercise our fundamental right to vote. The intimidation and threats against these dedicated officials and their families must stop."

    Kathy Boockvar
    Vice President of Election Operations and Support, Center for Internet Security
    Kathy Boockvar
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    “Democracy can only survive and thrive if we respect and protect its values and principles. Elected officials must respect those they serve, freely act within their elected authority and act on behalf of a nation that ensures their safety so they may make decisions without fear or intimidation. That is a true democracy."

    Sheriff Paul Penzone
    Maricopa County, Arizona
    Sheriff Paul Penzone
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    “Access to the ballot should not be stymied in any manner, nor should we ever lose valuable election officials because they are worn down from harassment, fear, threats and undue job hardships created to alter public faith in the electoral process. "

    Kathy Holland
    Director of Elections, Alamance County North Carolina (Ret.)
    Kathy Holland
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    “I joined the committee because I took an oath, along with my law enforcement colleagues, to protect and serve all persons, which is in alignment with my personal values and morals. "

    Captain Harold Love
    Michigan State Police (Ret.), Owner and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Harold L. Love & Associates
    Captain Harold Love
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    “The 2020 election cycle brought many challenges for election officials, but the most shocking for me were the death threats, verbal assaults, intimidation, and scare tactics. I am one of the election officials that had my life and the lives of my family members threatened, and the threats have not ceased."

    Tina Barton
    Senior Elections Expert, The Elections Group
    Tina Barton
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    “There are many issues that have become politicized, but ensuring the safety of election workers should never be. These are the people responsible for overseeing the democratic process that serves as the foundation of our republic."

    Jonathan Bydlak
    Director, Governance Program, R Street Institute
    Jonathan Bydlak
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    “My dad was a city clerk. Elections were a central and cherished part of his job. I joined this committee to ensure that today’s election officials can keep America’s elections running safely and securely, just like he did."

    Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian
    Middlesex County, Massachusetts
    Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian
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    “Election officials are unsung heroes of American democracy—they make sure our system operates as intended. Threats to these public servants are an attack on democracy itself. Law enforcement and election officials working together can help chart a safer and more secure path forward for future elections."

    Orion Danjuma
    Counsel, Protect Democracy
    Orion Danjuma
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    “As a country, we must protect election officials to keep our elections secure and fair. Law enforcement and election officials must work together to keep this new threat from interfering in our elections."

    Neal Kelley
    Registrar of Voters (Ret.) Orange County, California
    Neal Kelley
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    “As an election official who experienced the verbal threats and intimidation directed at me and my staff I feel I must be a voice on this committee to work with law enforcement to address this issue."

    Joseph Gloria
    Registrar of Voters, Clark County, Nevada
    Joseph Gloria
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    “Election workers are the guardians of our democracy, and attacks on them for doing their jobs are unacceptable. I’m proud to stand with and in support of this group of law enforcement and election officials, who are working on practical solutions to keep our elections safe and secure."

    Larry Norden
    Senior Director, Elections & Government, Brennan Center for Justice
    Larry Norden
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    “I have joined this committee because I believe in the mission and have full confidence that we will develop practices that are results driven and further strengthen the pipeline between law enforcement and election officials."

    Derek Bowens
    Director of Elections, Durham County, North Carolina
    Derek Bowens