Plymouth City Council is urgently seeking a printer for election material in case of a second Brexit referendum or even a sudden general election.
The council is inviting bids from specialist printers for an initial period of two years, but is treating the matter as urgent because of the time it takes to print and distribute documents including polling cards, ballot papers and postal ballot packs.
Local elections are scheduled across the city next May, except the Plympton Chaddlewood ward, and the council will need to start preparations four months earlier.
The next general election is scheduled for May 2022, but political uncertainty over the Brexit process has led to calls for a second referendum on any deal, or for a general election, ahead of the UK’s planned departure from the EU in March.
A report to the city council warned that, if the matter was not treated urgently, there was "a risk that a national snap unscheduled election or referenda could be called whilst the council is out of contract".