Jill Stein holds news conference outside Trump Tower

State officials in MI had requested that the count start on Wednesday.

The logistics of a statewide recount are so great, "it's kind of like Eisenhower invading Europe on D-Day", attorney Gary Gordon, representing the Michigan Republican Party, told the judge. Nevada Secretary of State spokeswoman Gail Anderson said the recount will be finished by the end of this week. "So we are standing firm for the hard-won and hard-fought right to vote, particularly for people of color", Stein said. Proponents of the recount effort argue that Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners/paper ballots. Voting machines are electoral black sites: no one permits voters or candidates to examine them.

Perhaps through a well-coordinated, highly complex cyber-attack, she suggested.

But no matter how tight the election was between Trump and Clinton, Schuette had argued that Stein had no business even asking for a recount because she didn't come close to contending.

Apparently, the reason for turning to the courts was that Jill Stein was required by a state judge to put up a $1 million bond for the recount in Pennsylvania.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission says no significant issues have been reported after four full days of recounting.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit last week over Stein's "frivolous recount" to "protect the interests of the taxpayers of Michigan". Michigan's appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday on a Trump request to halt the recount. State and local election officials have all said they don't expect Ms. Clinton to surpass Mr. Trump in Wisconsin, where he won by about 22,000 votes.

Judge Mark Goldsmith issued his ruling early Monday that rejected an effort by MI state officials to wait two business days before starting to hand-count about 4.8 million ballots. Electors in every state will formally vote for the candidate who won their state on December 19.

"With the perceived integrity of the presidential election as it was conducted in MI at stake, concerns with cost pale in comparison", said U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith, who was appointed to the federal bench by President Barack Obama in 2010.

Trump defeated Clinton by 10,704 votes, or two-tenths of a percentage point, in MI.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein discusses the recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania outside Trump Tower in New York City on Monday - where she vowed "to fight tooth and nail to verify the accuracy, security, and fairness of the vote".

The latest results show Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in MI by around 10,000 votes. Had the lead been.5 percent or less, a Pennsylvania recount would have been triggered automatically.

Don't count the Pennsylvania recount out yet.

Wisconsin started its recount last week, and despite plans to drop the recount in Pennsylvania, she now says she will "escalate" her efforts there. In Pennsylvania, for example, Trump's original 70,000-vote lead shrank to about 47,000 as the results were updated.