RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Maria Becerra Dearcos came home from work earlier this week to a mailbox loaded with political mailers, including a letter from NextGen--a progressive organization targeting the youth vote. The original contents were pretty standard.
"I thought it was just some basic information about voting in this general election."
But it had already been opened by someone, who then took the time to write a message of their own.
"The seals had been broken and this personal letter was stapled inside personally attacking my ethnicity as well was my right to vote. Also that I didn't support Donald Trump and that I didn't deserve to live in this country."
For the record, she says, she arrived in this country when she was nine, her family moving here legally and within two years she was naturalized--an American citizen.
She says she took the note as an effort to frighten her into staying away from the polls, something she fears might work with less determined Latino voters.
"Some Latinos are not as brave and might hide back and might proceed not to vote."
If that was the intent, it didn't work.
"I am a citizen of the United States. I have a right to vote and I just voted two days ago."
She's reported the incident to Reno Police and, yes,. it is a crime to tamper with the mail.
It appears to be an isolated case.