The district attorney's office has upgraded to investigation status its inquiry into allegations of voter fraud and voting irregularities in the 46th Congressional District race.
Assistant Dist. Atty. Wally Wade said Monday that the investigation will attempt to determine "if there was or wasn't [a crime committed] and who perpetrated it" in the election that saw Democrat Loretta Sanchez beat Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) by 984 votes.
Secretary of State Bill Jones' office, which two weeks ago launched an investigation of the allegations, said the district attorney would assume the lead in any possible prosecution in the case.
The increased intensity of the review by the district attorney's office comes a week after several investigators from each agency met in Santa Ana to discuss the progress made by their offices since Dornan filed allegations of voter fraud and registration irregularities in the November election.