Debian uses the Condorcet method for deciding its elections and this system is explained thus: "Consider all possible two-way races between candidates. The Condorcet winner, if there is one, is the one candidate who can beat every other candidate in a two-way race with that candidate."
Carter received 421 votes while Chandran was backed by 312 developers. The project has more than 1000 developers spread all over the globe.
Debian is the only free software project to have elections where the leader is voted in by the developers. Debian produces what is arguably the best community Linux distribution since its founding in 1993.
It has been the foundation for many other distributions, with the most widely used distribution, Ubuntu, being among those based on it.