State Legislature honors Bossier’s longtime Registrar of Voters

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Courtesy Photo | Senator Gatti (left) and Senator Peacock (right) present Bossier Parish Registrar of Voters Janet Burks (center) with a resolution in her honor.

At the urging of District 36 State Senator Ryan Gatti and District 37 State Senator Barrow Peacock, the Louisiana Senate and the Louisiana House of Representatives approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 82, a resolution honoring Bossier Parish Registrar of Voters Janet Burks. Ms. Burks is retiring after forty-five years of service to the parish.

“Janet has seen a plethora of changes in the way Louisiana handles voter registration and elections over the years. From maps on the wall to help a voter determine their voting precinct to registration on line with a click of a mouse, she has worked tirelessly to operate the registrar’s office with professionalism, honor and integrity,” Sen. Gatti said. “Her commitment to increasing voter participation and maintaining the integrity of the election process is unsurpassed and we thank her for that.”

Ms. Burks began her career in 1971 and has not missed an election since. As the resolution notes, “Burks has worked in twelve gubernatorial elections and eleven presidential elections, among countless local, special and tax elections.”

The long-time public servant is particularly proud of the “Over 65” program that allows voters age sixty-five and over to get their ballots at home, vote and return the ballots by mail.

During her tenure as the Bossier Parish Registrar of Voters, she served as president of the Registrar of Voters Association, earning the coveted Seminar Dedication Award just last year.