OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma - The state of Oklahoma officially recognized the Libertarian Party Monday.

Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said in a news release his office recognized the Libertarian Party after reviewing and approving petitions submitted last month

The Libertarians gathered 42,182 signatures, he said. Of those, the office deemed 30,517 to be valid. The minimum number needed to certify a new party was 24,745.

“This means Oklahomans can register as members of the Libertarian Party, and candidates can run as Libertarian for all partisan offices in the state,” Ziriax said. “The Libertarian Party also will receive a ballot line for President and Vice President in November’s General Election.”

If you want to register as a Libertarian before the June Statewide Primary and August Runoff Elections you have until the end of the month. Anyone who is currently registered and wishes to change affiliation must do so by March 31 for the change to be processed before those elections.

The Libertarian Party has also notified the Secretary of the State Election Board that it will allow Independents to vote in its primary and runoff primary elections.

Those who want to change their affiliation or register as new voters in the Libertarian party must fill out and return a Voter Registration Application Form, which can be downloaded at the election board's web site.

Forms are also available in person at county election boards, tag agencies and other locations.