MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State Democrats are protesting a ruling by state elections officials that allowed recall elections to proceed against three Democratic state senators.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin said it appealed the Government Accountability Board's decision to the Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

The board allowed the recalls to move forward even though it found multiple instances of fraud in the collection of petition signatures. It rejected thousands of signatures, but more than enough remained to allow the elections to proceed.

Democrats say the very presence of fraud demands more scrutiny.

A message left with the state Republican Party was not immediately returned.

The three Democratic senators are being targeted for stalling a bill involving collective-bargaining rights. Six Republican state senators are also being targeted for supporting the bill.