|Dates of Elections||Type of Constituency||Number of
|(2) 1876, 1877, 1881, I889, 1893, 1898, I902, 1906, 1910, I9I4, 1928, 1932, I936||
|(4) 1919, 1924||
System 2 was the normal electoral system under the Third Republic and has been restored since 1958. If no candidate won an absolute majority of votes cast at the first ballot, a second ballot was held at which a relative majority sufficed. In practice the first ballot acted as a primary election in the American style, and usually only two serious candidates stood at the second ballot.
Under the multi-member systems the department usually formed the constituency, although in 1919 and 1924 some departments were divided. The number of deputies varied according to population, and each elector could cast as many votes as there were deputies to be elected. 1871 offers the only example of a simple majority system; combined with multi-member constituencies, and the unusual political circumstances, it produced an anomalous result.____________________